Daliso Chaponda

Daliso Chaponda

Date of birth: 30-11-1978
The son of a Malawian politician, Daliso Chaponda came third in Britain's Got Talent in 2017.

But he began his comedy career in Canada in 2001, later moving to South Africa and then to the UK, where he established himself on club circuit, and appeared n the Big Value shows at the Edinburg Fringe in 2007.

In addition to stand-up, Chaponda is also a fiction writer. In 2002 he was a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and in 2005 he was shortlisted for the P&E Award for online writing.

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Daliso Chaponda up for a prestigious Rose d'Or

Alongside Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre, Cariad Lloyd and more

Stand-up Daliso Chaponda has been nominated for a prestigious Rose D’Or international broadcasting award alongside such comedy superstars as Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Michael McIntyre

His Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere has been shortlisted for the audio entertainment accolade –  where it is up against Cariad Lloyd’s Griefcast.

Also in the running for the category are the BBC’s Brexitcast, theWorld Service documentary 13 Minutes to the Moon, Documentary on One: The Announcement from Ireland’s RTE Radio and It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli  made for 7 Digital in Australia.

It is the first time in the awards’ 58-year history that audio shows beyond radio have been acknowledged, with organisers saying they are ‘celebrating the success podcasts, audiobooks and radio content has seen over the past year’.

In TV, the UK dominates the comedy drama and sitcom category, with five of the six nominees made here. They are Gervais’s Netflix series, After Life, Channel 4’s Derry Girls and The Bisexual, ITV2’s Plebs, and Sex Education, also made for Netflix.

Spain’s Arde Madrid is the only non-British show in that section.

Meanwhile,  This Time With Alan Partridge and BBC Three’s Famalam have been shortlisted in the separate comedy category.

They are up against  Baroness Von Sketch Show  from Canada, Couples Therapy  from Norway,  Kroymann  from Germany and Shabas  from Israel.

And Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and The Last Leg with Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker are up for best studio entertainment gong against shows from Canada, France and the US.

The shortlist was voted for by 60 international judges made up of media industry professionals, chaired by The Bridge star Sofia Helin.

She said: ‘The shortlist for The Rose d’Or awards this year is brilliantly diverse, and  we’re delighted to see so many international programmes shortlisted which reflects the outstanding and varied output of entertainment programming we have seen in the last year across the globe. 

‘With a record-breaking amount of entries this year, it is an incredibly exciting time for the Rose d’Or Awards especially as they near their 60th anniversary. Our congratulations to all nominated.’

The awards will be given out at Kings Place in London on Sunday December 1, hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.

Maren Kroymann, the first lady of German TV comedy will receive the lifetime achievement award, following in the footsteps of Joanna Lumley, Angela Lansbury, James Corden and John Cleese.

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Published: 6 Nov 2019



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